We found 19 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida MyBlue near Palmetto Bay, FL.

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Dr. Javier Perez Fernandez, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8600 Sw 92 Street; Suite 103
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Javier Perez-Fernandez practices critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology in South Miami, FL, Miami, FL, and Coral Gables, FL. These areas are among Dr. Perez-Fernandez's clinical interests: sleep disorders, emphysema, and cancer. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Navarra School of Medicine and subsequently trained at VA Caribbean Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Cancer, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mario Jose Mangas, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
9200 Sw 72nd Street; Building 4 Suite 100
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Mario Mangas' specialties are critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. He practices in Miami, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Mangas average 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Mangas include sleep disorders, emphysema, and immunization (preventive vaccines). He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Baptist Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mangas honors. Before completing his residency at West Suburban Medical Center, Dr. Mangas attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. Dr. Mangas has received the following distinctions: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Mangas is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Immunization, Snoring, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeremy Ira Tabak, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
8600 Sw 92 Street; Suite 204-b
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jeremy Tabak specializes in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology and practices in South Miami, FL, Miami, FL, and Coral Gables, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: sleep disorders, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Tabak takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Tabak's medical residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the distinction of South Florida Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Tabak's professional affiliations include Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Asthma, Emphysema, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Fabriccio Melanio Letellier, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8750 Sw 144 Street; Suite 208
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Fabriccio Letellier specializes in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology and practices in Palmetto Bay, FL and Miami, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Letellier include sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Letellier obtained his medical school training at Ibero-American University (UNIBE) and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Letellier is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Dr. Leonard Simon, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Primary Care, Adult Pulmonology
9299 South West 152nd Street, Intensive Care Services; Suite 203
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Leonard Simon's specialties are adult critical care, primary care, and adult pulmonology. He practices in Palmetto Bay, FL, Miami, FL, and Hollywood, FL. In Dr. Simon's practice, he is particularly interested in sleep disorders, asthma, and snoring. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Beth Israel Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Simon speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Richard Steven Prager, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Pulmonology
9299 South West 152nd Street, Intensive Care Services; Suite 203
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Richard Prager works as a critical care specialist and pulmonologist in Pinecrest, FL and Miami, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: obesity, sleep disorders, and emphysema. He is professionally affiliated with Baptist Hospital and Homestead Hospital. Dr. Prager accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His distinctions include: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Obesity, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Francisco Rodriguez-Moran, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
8900 North Kendall Drive; Critical Care Unit
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Juan Rodriguez-Moran is an adult pulmonologist in South Miami, FL, Miami, FL, and Coral Gables, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleep disorders, cystic fibrosis (CF), and asthma. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Rodriguez-Moran is a graduate of Autonomous University of Central America. His residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. In addition to English, Dr. Rodriguez-Moran speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Dr. Raymond Latanae Parker, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8600 Sw 92 Street; Suite 204-b
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Raymond Parker is a specialist in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Dr. Parker's clinical interests include sleep disorders, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Parker accepts. After attending Tulane University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Parker's professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
9299 Coral Reef Drive; Suite 203
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Pastewski's areas of specialization are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Pastewski's clinical interests: sleep disorders, emphysema, and cancer. His professional affiliations include Baptist Hospital and Homestead Hospital. Dr. Pastewski graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Dr. Lisardo Garcia Garcia Covarrubias, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
8950 N. Kendall Drive; Suite 607w
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Lisado Covarrubias is a specialist in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. He works in Miami, FL. Dr. Covarrubias's areas of expertise include emphysema, heart surgery, and tumor. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Covarrubias speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Bethesda Health, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Heart Surgery, Tumor, Emphysema

Dr. Antonio Emilio Blanco, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7775 Sw 87 Avenue; Suite 100
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Antonio Blanco sees patients in Homestead, FL and Miami, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Blanco is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Blanco include diabetes, emphysema, and migraine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Jackson Memorial Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Blanco's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Blanco takes.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Incontinence, Migraine, Diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma, Thyroid Problems, Acne, Emphysema, Smoking ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlos Jesus Piniella, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
9275 Sw 152 Street; Suite 210
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Piniella's medical specialty is allergy & immunology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Piniella at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Piniella include immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Piniella performed his residency at Cabrini Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Immunization, Food Allergy, Skin Cancer, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Alfonso Jose Monge, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9045 Sw 87 Court
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Alfonso Monge is a general internist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Monge include diabetes, depression, and arthritis. Dr. Monge is affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Monge's training includes a residency program at Georgetown University Hospital. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Monge takes.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Diabetes, Arthritis, Alzheimer's Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Jose David Morgan, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
7190 Southwest; 87 Avenue
Miami, FL
 

These areas are among Dr. Jose Morgan's clinical interests: obesity, thyroid problems, and anemia. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Morgan takes. Dr. Morgan is affiliated with Kendall Regional Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Low Testosterone, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension, Preventive ... (Read more)

Dr. Tzewan Wong, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10420 Sw 77 Avenue; Suite 100
Pinecrest, FL
 

Dr. Tzewan Wong is a general internist. Clinical interests for Dr. Wong include knee problems, migraine, and thyroid problems. He is professionally affiliated with Baptist Hospital. Dr. Wong is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Wong at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Dr. Felix Eduardo Guzman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12600 Sw 120 Street; Suite 105
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Felix Guzman specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Miami, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Guzman include erectile dysfunction (impotence), thyroid problems, and depression. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Guzman accepts. Dr. Guzman is a graduate of Central University of the East School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Guzman completed a residency program at Griffin Hospital. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Guzman is professionally affiliated with Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Depression, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Osteoporosis, Incontinence, ... (Read more)

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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It is really two diseases in one: chronic bronchitis (which causes inflammation and thick mucus production in the airways of the lungs) and emphysema (which damages the air sacs and alveoli, delicate structures of the lung tissue that allow a person to breathe).

In the United States, almost all cases of COPD are caused by smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke. Other causes include occupational exposure to dust, chemicals and pollution, and a rare genetic condition.

COPD causes a wet cough that doesn’t go away. It can come with shortness of breath and wheezing, or a tight feeling in the chest. Some people have flare ups where their symptoms get worse, and during this time they can also experience flu-like symptoms such as fever and fatigue.

There is no cure for COPD, but there are treatments to improve breathing and slow the progression of the disease. The first step is to reduce exposure to what caused COPD in the first place, such as smoking. Medicines such as bronchodilators, usually given in an inhaler, can relax the muscles around the airways and make it easier to breathe. Sometimes they are given along with glucocorticosteroids, drugs that reduce inflammation. Vaccines help prevent respiratory illnesses that can worsen COPD. Oxygen therapy can be used if people aren’t able to get enough oxygen into their lungs on their own. In extreme cases, surgery can be used to remove damaged tissue from the lungs or even perform a lung transplant.
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